slowrunner77 (3841) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"For what this is rumored to be (a barreled blend of IRS an scotch ale) it’s not as good as I’d expect. Nice enough, mind you, but waaaaaaay down the list of awesomeness at the Stone 16 partay. A bit tart on the nose and a hint of vinegar in the flavor. Not off putting at all, but I’d have prefreed a cleaner barreling for this style of beer. Big and smooth...flavors of the base beers a little mashed together on this one..."
IrishBoy (3841) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Drakes Barrel House with Ratman in 11/2012. Nose is lots of oaky bourbon, winey notes, light sweetness, chocolate, and raisins. Black with a small but heavy lacing tan head. Flavor is light tartness, dark fruit, bourbon, and wood.
Ratman197 (9874) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Drakes poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, oak, fruittiness, toffee and bourbon. Palae was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of oak, carmel, toffee, bourbon and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House. Pours nearly black with a nice tan head and an interesting butterscotch aroma. There is a smooth sweet and fruity dark molasses flavor. This is an unusual blend that turned out to be really good.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Rich malt and brandy aroma. Brandy and rich malt flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. Brandy and rich malt lingers with red fruit and light darker malts.
rayOfBeer (671) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: dark brown thin khaki head. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, and whiskey. Flavor is tart with some cherry, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and some alcohol notes. Palate is oily with a light tartness but mostly sweet and finishes with big alcohol warmth. Overall an interesting beer with a lot of flavors that do not mesh completely.
barn0216 (405) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Drake’s. Deep brown, almost black, sticky foam and lacing. Strong smell of port, raisin, chocolate, sweet. Taste is cognac, chocolate, dried fruit. Oily palate.
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Rich vanilla and alcohol aroma with lots of brandy and a bit more subdued bourbon. Some roast, milk chocolate, and a nice fruit character. Tastes mostly of vanilla and alcohol/spirit. Good bourbon and brandy flavors, a bit of wood, nice dak fruitiness, and some soft roast and chocolate.